Farmhouse Chicago Chef
Emily Kraszyk’s fondness for fresh local ingredients and creative character make her perfectly suited for Farmhouse Tavern. Kraszyk grew up in a very food and family focused environment where she learned to appreciate food and realize the joy it can bring. Kraszyk says her earliest memories are of standing next to her great grandmother cooking, tasting, asking questions, and learning. Always gravitating to what was cooking, Kraszyk was a young chef in the making, lightheartedly referred to as “chef of the future” by family.
Kraszyk was at Indiana University when she realized that she belonged in an industry where she could be creative, and build from the ground up. She moved to Chicago to pursue her chef career, landing her first professional position at Art Smith’s Table Fifty-Two, under the direct guidance of Rey Villalobos. From there, she spent a lot of time staging throughout Chicago, and working in Michelin rated restaurants. It was in September 2013 when Kraszyk joined the team at Farmhouse Chicago, where she now holds the Executive Chef position.
At Farmhouse Kraszyk has able to truly hone her style and technique, while blossoming into the chef she is today. Kraszyk has a lot of respect for local, pure ingredients, preferring to maintain the integrity while showcasing and highlighting their given flavors. It’s the love of the job, and the family environment that has allowed Kraszyk to truly embrace Farmhouse and it’s values, all while making the menu her very own.
Farmhouse Chicago General Manager
Sam is no stranger to this wonderful world of hospitality we live in! He started as a bar manager at John Evans Steak House and at the tender age of 23 was promoted to General Manager. When the owner came to Sam to let him know that he was retiring, Sam jumped at the opportunity to own and run his own restaurant and did so for 2 very strong years. After Taking some time off he became AGM at Socca in Wrigleyville for two years and then joined us a waiter at Farmhouse. He was one of our best and we convinced him to take the helm and he has been helming it very well ever since. Sam lives in lakeview and enjoys hanging out at Farm Bar.
Farmhouse Chicago Events and Human Resource Manager
Amanda Fladung is the Events and Human Resource Manager for Farmhouse Chicago. She joined the team in 2011 as a hostess and grew with the company over the past 5 years. She graduated from Kendall College in Chicago with a degree in Hospitality Management with a focus in Event & Meeting Planning. She fell in love with the restaurant industry when she took her first job as a hostess 15 years ago. Amanda is currently studying to take the SHRM exam this summer. She lives in Chicago with her husband, daughter and dog.
Farmheads Partner/Executive Chef
Eric Mansavage, a proud product of Steven’s Point, Wisconsin is passionate about working with local farmers and growers to bring the freshest local produce, meats and dairy to Farmhouse Tavern. Eric’s core philosophy is simple, approachable and carefully crafted foods based on the culinary heritage of the Midwest. Under Eric’s direction, the Farmhouse kitchen has become known for delicious, locally sourced foods executed with tremendous technique. Eric has led our efforts to reach out to various farm-to-fork non-profits and is a member of the Green City Market Board of Directors.
Recently a Farmhouse Tavern guest asked TJ what he did before he entered the restaurant business. His response was ‘Junior High.” A career restaurant leader, TJ has done everything you can do in the business from being a fry cook and bartender, GM of a $7MM TGI Friday’s, F & B Director of a ski area to restructuring $200 MM restaurant companies. His focus at Farmhouse is finance, accounting, strategy and systems. TJ’s undergraduate degree is in hospitality from the University of Massachusetts and has a MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. TJ lives in Lakeview with his wife Molly McCombe and two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Originally from Ireland, Ferdia Doherty was on his way to South America when he met Nora Gainer in an Irish Bar in River North. A career marketing professional, Ferdia had a successful career with Frankel and Company, Hal Riney, Euro RSCG and Publicis. Ferdia later founded Rain Communications, an integrated marketing communications and strategy firm. Ferdia’s focus at Farmhouse is front of the house operations, marketing and community outreach. Ferdia and his wife Nora Gainer live in Lincoln Park with three children, Bebhinn, Aonghus and Maude.
Diane Mulligan is Farmhouse’s Controller, and has spent time working as both a CPA and a restaurant owner. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics with an Accounting Emphasis and doing time in Public Accounting and Asset Management for close to a decade, she opened her first bar in San Francisco in 1998. She has been involved with numerous restaurants in San Francisco either as an owner, controller or management consultant. Diane moved to Chicago in 2007, where she met TJ through mutual friends. She is also an investor in Farmhouse Chicago, Farmhouse Evanston and spends her days keeping Farmhead’s financials in order.